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Remembrance RMMS AORANGI : Canadian Australian Steamship Company

Date: 1924 - 1953
Dimensions:
Overall: 180 x 116 x 211 mm
Medium: Wood
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from W F Campbell
Object Name: Miniature lifebuoy
Object No: 00000002
Related Place:Canada,

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    Description
    A coloured black and white photograph of the MV AORANGI mounted inside a miniature lifebuoy.
    SignificanceThe MV AORANGI was a was a trans - Pacific liner from Vancouver to Sydney and a troopship during WWII.
    HistoryThe AORANGI was originally owned by the Union Steamship Company from 1924 - 1931, and operated by its subsidary company the Canadian - Australasian Line from 1931 - 1953. Launched in 1924 for the Vancouver - Australia passenger route, for many years she was the only service to North America from Australia and New Zealand.
    AORANGI was fitted out as a troopship in 1941 and chartered until 1948, when she was returned to her owners.
    During her time as a troopship she was involved in the evacuation of civilians from Singapore, as a hospital ship and a supply ship to other vessels.
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